2008/08/18: Junior ROTC bill dies in Senate committee

An amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill introduced by Texas Senator John Cornyn that would have blocked federal funds to any schools that limit or prevent access to the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps did not make it out of the Senate Armed-Services committee this week, effectively killing the legislation. The amendment would have meant that the Department of Defense would no longer need to convince schools to voluntarily sign a contract to establish a JROTC unit. The DoD could simply dictate that the school shall accept it or risk losing federal funds. Legislative experts at American Friends Service Committee warn that the amendment could make a reappearance in a House-Senate conference committee, and will continue to monitor the situation.